Five Reasons to Start Running

1. Improves general overall health
Health benefits of running are fully documented.  Running has been shown to help prevent a variety of diseases: obesity, type-2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke and some cancers (breast and colon).  It aids to keep weight in check, helping prevent development of metabolic diseases.   Aside from this, running can also boost your immune system and increase energy levels.

2. Strengthen bones and joints
Contrary to previous belief, running is not bad for your knees.  Running does not increase the risk of developing hip and knee osteoarthritis in healthy people.  In fact, running might have a protective effect on joints in the lower extremity.  Running also increases bone density and strengthens the muscles of your legs. 

3. Keeps us mentally sharp
Running has been shown to decrease memory decline.  Running throughout middle-age, where age-related memory loss is considered to start, improves memory retention and helps maintain brain function.

4. Helps prevent depression and a good stress relief
Ever heard of “runner’s high?”  Running, along with other physical exercise, has been shown to increase release of endorphins in the brain.  Endorphins act as natural “drug” that triggers a positive feeling in the body.  Running can also stimulate the body to release endocannabinoids, creating a sense of calmness after a run. 

5. Slows the aging clock
Elderly runners have fewer disabilities, longer span of active life and half as likely as aging non-runners to die early.  Runners tend to live three additional years, even if they run slow or intermittently.  Recent study showed that 1-hour of running equates to 7 hours of extra life. 

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